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Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


BurgerFi’s chief legal officer resigns

Ross Goldstein had been with the fast-casual burger chain for nine years. He receives 7,500 shares of BurgerFi stock as part of his exit package.


Remembering Phil Viscidi

A member of the Restaurant Business team for decades, the Boston native was crucial in fueling the title's evolution as the restaurant and media industries changed.

The marketing veteran joins the fast-growing fast-casual concept six months after its sale to Thompson Street Capital Partners.

Manny Packing was most recently director of international real estate and construction for Inspire Brands.

The longtime chairman and chief executive of the big Burger King franchisee will retire June 30. A search is underway for his replacement.

Gregg Imamoto is the 11-unit fast casual’s new CEO. He will be charged with expanding the Japanese brand in this country.

He will take over as head of the chicken chain on Jan. 1 for the retiring Tony Lowings. Dyke Shipp will become KFC president.

Jimmy John's vet Gregg Majewski intends to bulldoze what's been holding back the industry's largest collection of stir-fry concepts for decades.

Mike Freeman has been with the Focus Brands fast casual for 13 years.

Jenkins, who helmed the eatertainment brand through the depths of the pandemic to a record-setting quarter, will stay on as an advisor with the chain until the end of November.

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